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Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to have multiple departments coming together for the conservation of Sarus Cranes. The state government under the direction of Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister has signed a MoU with the International Crane Foundation (ICF) for the same.

Such a declaration is to safeguard the quickly depleting species and to provide them with a conducive environment to migrate and flourish, from Gujarat to UP. Such a concept was born due to the adverse impact of climatic change which was affecting the habitat of Sarus Cranes. Akhilesh Yadav has taken this step to ensure the holistic growth of the bird and also keeping in mind local eco-tourism, geo-diversity, and the environment.

The signing conference was attended by about two dozen experts from the UK, USA, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Australia. To spread awareness, Akhilesh Yadav organized an International Conference on Conservation of Sarus Crane and Wetlands of Uttar Pradesh in Saifai, where he said “Birds tell us to live together, something that we have forgotten.” He has also announced monetary prizes for ‘sarus mitras’ who will be selected by the forest departments.

From what we hear, Maharashtra and Nepal to follow suit and adopt techniques from Uttar Pradesh. Well done, Akhilesh Yadav!